Just squeezing this quilt to a finish on time to pass it on to my cousin at our family Boxing Day gathering. Her adorable little son was born about 5 weeks ago and this quilt is now ready to keep him cosy!
The fabrics are from several different collections and have pretty woodland critter theme which is in keeping with the soft autumnal/woodland theme I was briefed on by my aunt (baby's granny). I am hoping that her idea of soft autumnal and mine will be similar.
You can see the designs a little better on this in-progress pic.
I opted for a plus quilt design for two reasons. 1) I've been wanting to make one for ages and 2) though I know my cousin would love a quilt, I don't think they will want fussy or old fashioned and this is a great design for avoiding that.
I can't often splash out on special fabric for the back of my quilts but when I saw this fanfare flannel I really couldn't resist. It's the perfect soft gold colour and with the wee foxes I really couldn't have asked for a more perfect backing! It's so snuggly!!
To keep the quilt nice and soft I simply quilted either side of the vertical seams. The squares are only 3.25" finished so the quilting is still quite close together.
It has been ready to bind for a week or so but between carol services and concerts and other Christmas events we've been busier at nights than normal so I was beginning to panic that I wasn't going to find some "sitting on my bum" time to get it across the finish line. So, I am relieved to finally get the binding and label stitched down so that it's ready to deliver. And, it marks my last sewing finish of 2013!
Finally, just thought I'd share our family gingerbread house with you. This is the first we have ever decorated (bought in Ikea - no domestic goddess here). The three of us set ourselves up on Sunday afternoon to get creative with the royal icing and dolly mixtures. To our surprise hubby took quite well to this task (not known for his creative patience) and we had a great afternoon's messing and burning our fingers on hot sugar glue! I think we may have founded a new Christmas family tradition!
Fa la la la la la la la la!